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Guidelines for Effective Pair Programming
Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, pointer or navigator, reviews each line of code as it is typed in. The two programmers switch roles frequently.1 Pair programming is one...
Why Simpler is Better for Tracking Project Health
As a group of software developers and designers, we talk a lot about what makes for a good product. High code quality, beautiful design, intuitive UI, and excellent test coverage are a few ways we talk about and measure the quality of a software product. But how do we characterize...
Recognizing MVC Myopia in a Rails Application
How did we get here? Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “Don’t put logic in your views”. Although Rails developers debate how much logic is too much for a view, most have embraced the idea. If you dare to peak into some Wordpress code you can see the alternative....
Building AngularJS forms with JSON Schema
Formtastic and simple_form, how we miss you Around 3 years ago I came to the realization that building web applications using client side MVC frameworks was the future. I’ve embraced the approach whole heartedly, but not without occasional sadness. I and many of the developers I worked with have been...
What Feature Do We Build Next? Our Approach to Software Release Planning.
Right now we’re documenting the entire software development process at Gaslight. One of the hotly contested subjects around the office is how to build a release plan for new projects. Does it need to be documented somewhere? Or does it simply exist in the day-to-day interactions of a tight-knit team?...
You Don't Know What Software You Need Until You Build It
Depending on which source you believe, the average failure rate over the last 20 years for custom software projects is around 70%. It’s a staggering number for sure, but more staggering is the wasted dollars and people effort. This begs the question, “Why?” Gaslight was born five years ago out...